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Orienteering Club

Summer Spunch - Ludworth

First of a series of Summer Spunch events on midweek Summer evenings, using Satellite (GPS) S-punching.

(More details about the whole Summer Spunch 2023 series can be found here.)

Thu 27th Apr 2023

Type of event: Local, Score
Info updated: 28th Apr


Pre Event Info

  • 60 & 90 minute score course options
  • 20 points per control, 10 points penalty for minute or part minute late
  • Registration from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
  • "Rolling start" times from 6:15pm to 7pm

Venue: The Devonshire Arms, 307 Longhurst Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5PP

What3Words: ///wiggling.tailwind.reef


Pub Food & Drink

We have booked the garden room behind the Devonshire Arms to give us our own space with lots of room for everyone to socialise and eat/drink after finishing.

We hope some of you will enjoy a drink or two and maybe some food from the pub.

If you intend to eat, please order your food directly with the pub as far in advance as possible rather than on the day.  The menus are here.

They MAY accept some orders on the day but to be sure of them fitting you in, we strongly recommend ordering in advance.

You can phone your orders in on 0161 427 2563.  When phoning your order in to the pub please let them know you are running in the event and will be in the garden room.

On the day, before you start your run, head into the pub to pay for your food and let them know what time you'd like to eat.

Planner's Notes

Cast your mind back about 12,000 years ago and imagine you are the Weichselian glacier at your southerly limits. Any decisive progress or retreat is blocked by a mass of ice sitting in the Goyt valley. What to do? You decide to incise a glacial drainage channel into the moor and overflow your surplus water out to the west, creating interesting scenery for future generations of runners, walkers and orienteers to enjoy. Today, this can be seen as a dry valley tracing the old overflow channel from the top of Ludworth Moor until a more recent stream cuts into it creating a deep river valley running down through Mill Brow. The area is criss-crossed with footpaths reflecting the history of farming, coal mining and brickworks in this area. (With apologies to any actual geologists who are reading this.)

This area was to the very north side of the 2019 and 2022 New Mills maps but only visited by a few. For this year by moving northwards to a new pub we can fully access this area then everyone can enjoy this scenic valley and its great route choice and detailed navigation.


Nearest town: Mellor, Marple

Entry Details

Seniors £5, Age 16-20/students £3. Under 16s go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please pre-enter on SiEntries here.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries to: Andy Thornton 

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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